THE NETTLE DRESS
WONDERLANDS | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director DYLAN HOWITT (UK 2022) 68 min
Unfolding like a magical, modern-day fairytale, this beautiful and intimate story follows the seven-year endeavor by textile artist Allan Brown to weave a hand-spun dress from stinging nettles foraged in the woods surrounding his home. After the death of his beloved wife, Brown’s deep dive into the age-old craft of spinning results in a stunning garment infused with devotion and redemption. Director Dylan Howitt’s longitudinal study of his creative process has a hand-crafted feel, with gorgeous cinematography, lush sound design, and a meditative pace that takes the viewer through a literal labor of love. We follow along for walks through the forest with his faithful dog Bonnie, watch as he transforms painful stinging nettles into beautiful supple cloth, and witness the formation of a dress that will be worn by his daughter — bringing us full circle on an exquisite journey through loss, grief, and healing.
IN PERSON: Director DYLAN HOWITT | Film Subject ALLAN BROWN
SUNDAY, MAY 14 • 12:30
ATELIER MARIN | FIBERSHED | MEINOLF WEAVING SCHOOL
DYLAN HOWITT is a filmmaker with many years of experience telling compelling stories from all around the world. His 2017 film Out of Thin Air won the Cinema Scandinavia Awards’ Best Documentary prize, and his 2014 series for the BBC, Matters of Life and Death, was nominated for a BAFTA.
|RUNNING TIME:||68 min|
|NOTE WRITER:||Joanne Feinberg|